How was your week? It’s been pretty quiet around here. The university is closed now for winter break, many of my neighbors have gone home which led me to reflecting on the ones who will be leaving permanently come May when they graduate. It will be hard to see them leave as they have become a part of my life now.
I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas. Just 5 more days! I’ll be back on Monday with a final Frugal Christmas post on last minute solutions. Don’t forget you can enter the drawing for Eliza’s Quinoa Quookbook if you reside in the US or Canada. The drawing will be Monday, entries will be accepted until midnight Sunday. If my dinner from Eliza’s book, the Quinoa Burrito Bowl, piqued your interest, Eliza was kind enough to post the recipe on her blog, check it out and give it a try.
Don’t have time to read right now, you can now save this to pocket and read it later.
- I love a handmade Christmas, especially when it is the tree that was made. This tree was made from bed springs and a few other salvaged pieces. Total cost. $0
- Cardboard is free and can be recycled so why not use it to make ornaments with the children on these last few days before Christmas. These ornaments by Pink Stripey Socks are adorable.
- This next idea while not specifically about Christmas, I couldn’t help adding it and see if anyone reading this would take this idea and run with it for the holidays, Christmas, New Years….Have a bowling ball? You can make just about anything with it.
- By now you probably heard that most incandescent light bulbs are banned starting January 1, 2014. Now is the time to consider what you will replace your old light bulbs with. Philips has created a new LED light bulb that has a unique design and is expected to retail for under $10 available January 2nd exclusively at HomeDepot.com
- Colorado has always been forward-thinking and often I hear stories of new sustainable builds going up in the state. Now Boulder, CO has broken with their power company to form their own company.that will lower rates and focus on more renewables.
- Have you ever considered downsizing? Dana and her family had the big house in the burbs, two good jobs but weren’t happy with the way things were. They wanted their home to be paid off before they hit 40 and decided to give up the big house and find a new lifestyle. See the benefits that have resulted from this one decision.
- Headmistress at the common room was given a piece of advice she never forgot about the difference between new and used. See if you agree with the thought.
- Simple living, to me, means making do with what you have. This bar did just that when deciding on materials to build with. One clue it comes from nature. And see their solution to avoid printing menus.
- Here’s a novel idea. When you want something try it on and see how it fits. No this isn’t about clothes, it’s a lesson in knowing what you can comfortably afford. From that one lesson led this blogger to simplifying her life.
Things to Think About
- This article was so eye-opening to me. It’s not often that people open their souls wide enough to share the side of us we don’t like to admit exists. it’s even more rare to have someone put these things about us out for the entire world to read. In the Bully Too Close to Home, Rachel tells about her relationship with her daughter. Thank you to Joy for sharing this last week, it’s such an important story everyone should read.
- At the end of a long day when you climb into bed do you ever give a thought to all the people who made your sleep possible? This is a lesson about gratitude and the interconnectedness of all people.
- Annie Leonard, from the story of stuff, was interviewed recently. You can listen to the podcast or read the transcript here Her thoughts are enlightening and entertaining. At the very end she shares with us if she gives gifts for Christmas. I like her idea, now to get my loved ones to embrace this.
- How would you react if you found someone stole from you? Anger? Would you want revenge? This coffee shop had a unique way of responding. Would you do this?
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” ~~ Bob Hope
Have a wonderful weekend!